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Comment#  ·   Fair (399 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.

F. Scott Fitzgerald, in Science and Religion and Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (255 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Uncertainty and mystery are energies of life. Don't let them scare you unduly, for they keep boredom at bay and spark creativity.

R. I. Fitzhenry, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (19 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

The only reason some people get lost in thought is because it's unfamiliar territory.

Paul Fix, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (36 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.

Malcolm S. Forbes, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (313 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you do know and what you don't.

Anatole France, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (484 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

I prefer the errors of enthusiasm to the indifference of wisdom.

Anatole France, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (769 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

When a thing has been said, and said well, have no scruple. Take it and copy it.

Anatole France, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (343 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.

Benjamin Franklin, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (555 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Life's tragedy is that we get old to soon and wise too late.

Benjamin Franklin, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (343 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.

Benjamin Franklin, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (528 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Wise men don't need advice; fools don't take it.

Benjamin Franklin, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (52 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Creative minds always have been known to survive any kind of bad training.

Anna Freud, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (414 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Everything we really need to know we learned in kindergarten.

Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, in Wisdom and Ignorance

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Comment#  ·   Fair (163 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

The important thing is not to stop questioning.

Albert Einstein, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (158 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

It is time I stepped aside for a less experienced and less able man.

Scott Elledge, (on his retirement from Cornell University), in Wisdom and Ignorance and Work and Recreation

Comment#  ·   Fair (140 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity.

Harlan Ellison, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (212 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Every man I meet is in some way my superior.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (408 ratings)  ·  submitted 1998

Freedom is not the right to live as we please, but the right to find how we ought to live in order to fulfill our potential.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (473 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997  · 

Comment#  ·   Fair (229 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

People only see what they are prepared to see.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, in Wisdom and Ignorance

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